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Brisbane’s LGBTI Legal Service say they’ve collected over 220 examples of hate speech from throughout the same-sex marriage postal survey. The service’s “Like Love” project is aimed at “addressing unlawful vilification” in Queensland and they’ve monitored social media, news websites and public spaces to track public statements that incite ridicule or hatred on the grounds …

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A Melbourne gay man has shared an emotional letter he wrote to his parents in an unsuccessful bid to convince them to vote “yes” in the same-sex postal survey. Actor Barnaby Reiter posted the letter to his Instagram explaining to his parents that they wouldn’t be invited to his future wedding if they voted “no”. …

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has estimated that 78.5 per cent of Australians have returned their same-sex marriage postal survey forms. just hours before the final deadline. Just hours before they stopped accepting forms, the ABS said that 12.6 million Australians had returned their forms by last Friday, or almost four out of five voters. …

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Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey has said she doesn’t agree with the AFL’s decision to block her from this year’s AFLW draft because of concerns over her size. The decision to ban the 28-year-old on the eve of the AFLW draft was met with controversy. Officials said the decision was based on the Victorian Equal Opportunity …

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The annual Miss Sportsman Hotel Drag Pageant is on again at the venue this weekend. This year’s “Stars Of The Southern Cross” theme will give the contest a distinctly Australian flavour as the queens battle it out for the coveted Miss Sporties crown and sash this Saturday, November 11. Hosted by Wanda D’Parke and featuring …

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Robbie Manson, an openly gay Olympic rower from New Zealand, has won an “Athlete of the Year” award from the Association of National Olympic Committees in Prague. Manson was the male winner from Oceania alongside female rugby player and fellow Kiwi Sarah Goss. Athletes from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe also got top gongs …

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Photographs of two male lions mounting each other on a Kenyan reserve recently went viral online, but not everyone is feeling the love for the couple. The Kenya Film Classification Board’s chief executive Dr Ezekial Mutua responded to the photos by telling the Nairobi News that the lions were “demonically possessed” and the “crazy gay …

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Pioneering Australian LGBTI activists Peter de Waal and his late partner Peter Bonsall-Boone have been announced as the recipients of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian LGBTI Awards next year. The inaugural LGBTI Awards were held during this year’s Mardi Gras and saw community leaders, celebrities and organisations celebrating the LGBTI community. The …

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Northern New South Wales LGBTI group Tropical Fruits is bidding farewell to their club manager of eight years, Hannah Rice-Hayes. The club manager is the group’s key role, and Tropical Fruits said Hannah has helped the club blossom in recent years and she’ll be sorely missed. Hannah (pictured, right) said she’s leaving to pursue new …

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A large majority of Australian voters don’t want same-sex couples treated differently to other couples when the Marriage Act is amended following a “yes” vote, a poll has suggested. The Galaxy Research polling, commissioned by “yes” campaigners Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), found that in the event of a successful “yes” vote …

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